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Poster: sugareesalibi Date: Feb 10, 2011 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

ok, i'm new to the forums here on the archive (not new to the Archive, just this section). so, hello to all my fellow Heads, it's nice to know you're still alive and kickin'!

I wanted to hear a little feedback from the community on here about the Playin in the Band from the Assembly Hall show the Dead played in '73 (http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-02-22.sbd.miller.111169.flac16).

I've really began to hone in on Playin's from the late '72 early '73 era and this particular Playin' is just amazing.

In fact, this entire show seems to be an overlooked gem (at least judging from the lack of reviews it's received).

Anyone care to give this Playin' a listen and share some thoughts. It's 17 and a half minutes of pure bliss and simply solid as a rock all the way through.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 10, 2011 9:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

I'd say your assessment is right on the money. It's a solid rendition, played at a nice quick pace that carries momentum through its entirety. The vocals are a bit sketchy, but the segments are short. Jer plays some fine wah before grooving briefly on a cool Sputnik-type theme. There is some dynamite interplay during the pre-second verse jazz passage. Keith and Jerry are locked in for a bit, and Weir slashes through, but I would have liked to hear Phil a bit more...

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 11, 2011 12:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

It's hard for me to pick out a favorite Playing from '72/73 because they are all really great. I mean, is there a bad one? Even the short fireball versions from early '72 are something else.

That said, Playing mellowed in '73, and I favor the long wild versions from fall '72, like -
And each version from December '72 is well worth hearing - they're all incredible, but the ones from 12/10 and 12/15 are especially fantastic.

From '73, my own favorite is 12/2/73 - actually each of the 3 Playings from that Boston run are worth comparing - three days in a row but they're SO different from each other - and I remember the 12/19/73 one being amazing as well.
This one is also a giant '73 standout -

And here's a post listing the Playing sandwiches from '73/74 -

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 10, 2011 8:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

Hello and have fun.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Feb 10, 2011 8:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

Welcome to the madness.I also think that is a fine version of Playin',what I found particularly interesting is that at some point everyone in the band is playing really well and standing out individually,but also blending into what is happening around them and kind of handing off the jam to someone else.After the verse Jer steps out and takes the lead and Billy and Keith join in->6:oo Jer takes off again with strong rhythm help from Bob and solid bass and drums->9:00 Jer starts to rip,Bob plays some killer licks and the whole band just smokes-> some pretty music with Keith out front quietly->12:30 riffy sort of jazz space->reprise hints ->16:00 vocal->17:15.As for the rest of the show a nice Dark Star-> Eyes,in it's developmental stage,and good versions of TLEO,El Paso,Bird Song and Tenn.Jed make for a nice show 73' style.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 10, 2011 10:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

i liked this Playin' a lot. i'm a big fan of 72-74 PITB though some of them are a bit too atonal and weird for my likings. i prefer the jazzy, funky, melodic jams like the one featured here.

i'm surprised the assembly hall didn't sprout wings and take off into outer space in yearning to rejoin itself with the universal cosmic dust.

i haven't given extensive listen to E72 Playin jams but it seems the song really opened up and acquired an extra dimension to the jams when the band played their Summer 72 shows. i like this one a lot too: http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-08-12.sbd.gems.104168.flac24

it's outside your current era of focus but it's got the goods

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 11, 2011 12:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)


nice pick for this PITB! i really, really dig this version; actually every PITB from feb. '73 is just dynamite.

be sure to check out 2/15 if you like this, and you defiantly gotta here that 2/24 version...it's a mind melter for sure.

Assembly Hall i agree is a pretty underrated performance. in light of fall '73, winter does tend to get a bit overlooked, but i personally love it just as much. the excellent bird song in this show is one of my personal favorites, too.

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Poster: sugareesalibi Date: Feb 11, 2011 5:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

wow! looks like i've actually found an active community of Heads on here! i'm stoked!!

thanks for all the dialogue and feedback, folks. much appreciated.

i'm still learning how to hear all the different parts each member is contributing. i'm a somewhat recent convert to the music of the Dead (been listening to 'em for about three years now) and have had to train my ear to the various nuances that make up their varied shows.

the Bird Song from this show is amazing, but i think i've been permanently spoiled by the version they played at the P.N.E. in Vancouver a few months later:

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Feb 11, 2011 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

"The Wicked Messenger" BOB DYLAN

There was a wicked messenger
From Eli he did come
With a mind that multiplied
The smallest matter
When questioned who had sent for him
He answered with his thumb
For his tongue it could not speak, but only flatter.

He stayed behind the assembly hall
It was there he made his bed
Oftentimes he could be seen returning
Until one day he just appeared
With a note in his hand which read
"The soles of my feet, I swear they're burning"

Oh, the leaves began to fallin'
And the seas began to part
And the people that confronted him were many
And he was told but these few words
Which opened up his heart
"If ye cannot bring good news, then don't bring any".

I've had a very peaceful afternoon listening to your suggestions. Thanks. Did find the Assembly hall show really smokin.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 11, 2011 4:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

yes sir, easy to understand why! the 6/22/73 Bird Song makes a case for the very best ever!

i'm actually a relatively new listener myself. i've been listening to the Dead for the better part of a decade, but only in the past 5 years or so have i fully immersed my self in their music. and trust me, it only gets better with time :)

there are plenty of veteran listeners around here who really know what their talking about (LiA, Cliff, Micah, etc), and are far more knowledgeable than me. but its always good to have someone newer on board! hope you put up with us for a long while...

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Poster: tim_oz Date: Feb 10, 2011 9:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Assembly Hall 1973 (Playin In the Band)

In proximity in the space/time continuum is the fine version played 2 nights later:


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Poster: Reade Date: Feb 12, 2011 9:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: China Doll

Lets not leave a Pretty Perfect Chna Doll out fo the discussion.

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